Yes, I just used the word poop in a blog title.
But that’s what the kiddos call them–and if it weren’t for having kiddos, I never would have paid any attention to the advent of “moist flushable wipes.” In theory they are a great idea–and super helpful for potty-training toddlers. But apparently they have caused a lot of problems with regular sanitation systems. And in our ignorance, “flushable” poop wipes almost ruined our camping trip.
At the time we were still in the midst of potty training, so I threw a pack of flushable wipes into the camper bathroom without a second thought. Over the course of the trip the kiddos pulled out a few–or perhaps several–of those wipes to take care of business.
When it was time to head home Jarrett did the normal steps for flushing out the grey and black water tanks–but the sensor panel indicated the black tank was still 2/3 full. “Hmmm. That’s strange. Something must be stuck–let’s try dumping some extra water down.” So we filled up a bucket and let her rip. Nothing.
With flashlight in hand, peering down into the toilet bowl, we could see there was some toilet debris still in the tank. “I’ll go find a stick and see if we can break it up and flush it with more water.” A few moments later I hear: “ARE YOU KIDDING ME! Honey, the stick broke off in the tank and my hand won’t fit through the bowl hole. I’m going to need you to … um, retrieve it.”
“You want me to stick my hand and arm where?!”
That day I took one for the team and went where I never thought I would have to go. From the toilet pit I rescued the stick, which before breaking apparently managed to dislodge the clog, as another dump of water successfully pushed the blockage out. The sensor panel finally read “empty.” After repeatedly scrubbing my hand and arm with a soap bar at a nearby water spigot, we were on our way home.
From that day forward we never again took flushable wipes camping … and I became a lot more paranoid about the toilet paper going down the RV drain. But what kind of TP should you be using in your camper? Over at Gone With The Wynns they highlight a good way to test toilet paper brands to find which are acceptable for your RV system. We have typically stocked our camper with whatever toilet paper we have on hand–like Costco’s Kirkland brand, Charmin, regular Scott, or Angel Soft. Before our big trip I’m going to do some testing to see what we will take with us–and I’ll post an update on my findings.
In the meantime, what type of toilet paper do you use in your camper bathroom? Have you had any problems with TP blockages?